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Metro Tunnel

City Square

Major works on the Metro Tunnel are underway to support construction of Town Hall Station with direct connections to Flinders Street Station.

City Square closed to the public on 3 April 2017 and works are underway to prepare the site for construction of a new underground station.

In order to safely and efficiently build this station, we will temporarily occupy City Square for up to five years. An acoustic shed will be built over the site in 2018.

When the project is complete, City Square will be returned to the City of Melbourne as public open space, with an entrance to the new underground station.

Traffic changes

There will be some traffic impacts due to truck movements in to and out of the City Square site.

Viewing areas

Locals and visitors will be able to watch construction at City Square from two separate 10-metre long viewing areas on Swanston Street.

What we are doing

City Square demolition

Demolition will continue on the surface of City Square to prepare for future shaft excavation and the demolition of the underground carpark.

Retaining wall construction

A retaining wall will be constructed within the City Square site, along the Swanston Street side.

Construction of the retaining wall involves piling, installation of structural beams on top of each pile and installation of precast panels.

This wall will provide structural support to retain material surrounding the site after the underground car park is demolished.

Works in the City Square Car park

A number of preparatory activities are currently being undertaken prior to carpark demolition commencing in July.

Activities include disconnection of existing services, demolition of the internal facade wall and car park ramp, installation of structural steel and reinforcement of concrete structures.

There will be high level noise during the day for demolition works, with the use of hydraulic hammers and pulverisers

Brunetti Café relocated

Brunetti Café has closed their City Square store and moved to a new location at 250 Flinders Lane.

Removal of artwork

Removal of the Beyond the Ocean of Existence sculpture (corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston) and the Burke and Wills monument on Swanston Street took place between in early 2017. Most of the artworks affected by the construction of station have been placed in storage in the short term until City of Melbourne confirms a new location for them.

Hours of work

  • 7:30am – 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7:30 am – 1pm, Saturdays